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Plans to improve food safety and protect people from disease afoot

Every year 600 million cases of foodborne illnesses are reported.  In 2010, 420 000 people died due to such diseases as salmonella and E.coli infection, a third of them children under five years of age. It is estimated that this figure is increasing year after year, but it is difficult to get a clear picture of the

Tackling Malaria During Pregnancy  

By Irene Sinoya  irenesinoya@gmail.com In many parts of Western Kenya, the beginning of heavy rainfall is always accompanied by an upsurge of malaria cases. The prolonged rains increase the amount of stagnant water in the environment, hence providing a breeding place for infectious mosquitoes that cause malaria. In malaria-endemic regions like Bungoma and Kakamega County,

African governments adopt pro-equity strategies for women, children, and adolescents to accelerate COVID-19 recovery

By Adelyn Wangusi   COVID-19 pandemic continues to devastate women’s, children’s, and adolescents’ health in Africa, governments leaders from Nigeria,  South Africa, Liberia, Kenya, and Malawi said at today’s Lives in the Balance: Equity in COVID-19 Response and Recovery meeting, more than 1,000 participants from around world. The two-day Lives in the Balance meeting was

Busia County unveils health nutrition portal  

By Cheki Abuje The Busia County Department of Health and Sanitation has unveiled a new nutrition portal (https://busiacounty.go.ke/nutritionhealth) that aims at enhancing access to information and showcasing activities being undertaken to address malnutrition in the County. Speaking during the official launch of the portal at the Busia County Referral Hospital (BCRH), County Nutrition Coordinator Scholastic

Zeroing in on unvaccinated children: it is time for Africa to reach every child

By H.E. Amira Elfadil Mohammed Commissioner, for Health, Humanitarian Affairs and Social Development, Africa Union Commission Routine vaccinations are an important component of strong and functional health systems. Beginning at birth, routine vaccinations against diseases like tetanus, polio, and measles by the child’s first birthday are advised and advocated for. These vaccines save children and

Nigerian Youth Call for Action to Improve Adolescents’ Health

By Adelyn Wangusi   Marking World Health Day, youth leaders and civil society groups from across Nigeria urged the Nigerian government to invest in equity enhancing strategies to restore crumbling services for women, newborns, children, and adolescents. This year’s annual celebration is being held against the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic which continues to threaten

WHO pauses Ivermectin use to treat COVID-19

A WHO panel has declared that the current evidence on the use of ivermectin to treat COVID-19 patients is inconclusive. Instead, the WHO says until more data is available, the drug only is used within clinical trials. Ivermectin is a broad-spectrum anti-parasitic agent, included in WHO essential medicines list for several parasitic diseases. It is used in

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